Things are back to something close to "Normal" after Chicago Craft Beer Week. But now it's summer, and there will be a beer festival or two pretty much every weekend. Check my calendar link above for those a little further in the future.
Monday, May 25
12:00 pm ♦ The Day After (5/25 - Beer Event)
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Before there was Craft Beer Week there was Local Option.
After Craft Beer Week there will be Local Option.
Before there was craft beer there was Local Option.
After craft beer there will still be Local Option.
PRELIMINARY DRAFT LIST
Alpine Brewing Co. Alpine Ale, Captain Stout, Duet, Hoppy Birthday, Nelson
Bell’s Wild One
Firestone Walker Parabola
Founders KBS, Pale Ale *Nitro*
Goose Island BCBS Backyard Rye, BCBS Coffee, BCBS Proprietors, BCBS Vanilla Rye
Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy Cutter
HammerHeart Barrel Aged Dublin Raid
Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S., Barrel Aged D.O.R.I.S
Illuminated Brew Works Orange Sunshine
Jolly Pumpkin Saison X
Local Option Bierwerker Dampf Loc, die Königin, Mourning Wood, Outlawger, Voku Hila, Walk ov Shame
Pipeworks Raspberry Truffle Abduction, Sure Bet
Surly Blakkr, Todd The Axe Man
Three Floyds Skull’Ole
Tuesday, May 26
6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Beer Dinner at Two Brothers Roundhouse
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 630-393-2337
Two Brothers Roundhouse, in support of Metaphysically Fit Fest, will be hosting a beer dinner and pairing with one of the founders, Jim Ebel, walking us through this feast. Silent Auction and entertainment! $50 per person includes the aforementioned and entry into the Fest July 25th with Indika, the Giving Tree Band and Rusted Root ! Portion of proceeds benefit Simple Gifts Foundation. PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or the link on this event's Facebook page.
6:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ Nature on Tap
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago (773) 755-5100
Nature on Tap features adults-only access to the Nature Museum, including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Highlights include a trivia game testing your knowledge with nature and science themed questions. The winning trivia team will receive the coveted Golden Cockroach trophy.
Note: Trivia teams must check in by 7 p.m.
Cost: Free/member, $10/non-member, information and a ticket link at this Museum Events page. Admission includes access to all exhibits, crafty projects and participation in the trivia challenge. (There are discounts if you are signed up to Goldstar as well).
Wednesday, May 27
Revolution Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Our May 27 release is Riot Pils, a traditional Czech Pilsner that is fermented with a classic lager yeast strain and followed by four weeks of cold storage. Riot Pils will be available on draft at our brewpub and our taproom, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave.
4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout & Blushing Monk
"A bit of backwoods pleasure without the banjo. This strong stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels. Our process ensures that strong bourbon undertones come through in the finish in every batch we brew. We recommend decanting at room temperature and best enjoyed in a brandy snifter."
6:30 - 7:30 pm ♦ Beer Academy - Belgian Styles
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Join Goose Island brewers on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. $25 per person. To RSVP call 312.915.0071.
Thursday, May 28
4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Tonley Park
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Alpine and Green Flash Brewing Alpine Ale-Duet IPA - Mcilhenney’s Irish Red - Captain Stout - Hoppy Birthday Pale - Nelson IPA - Silva Stout and more!
5:30 - 7:30 pm ♦ HCB Bottle Share
Porter's Pub, 1250 Bowes Creek Blvd., Elgin, IL 847-214-5877
Hardcore Craft Beer will be hosting another bottle share at Porter's Pub. The past few have been a great way to meet new people and share some incredible beers.
This is an open event and anything is welcome. Bring a bottle, or couple of bottles (that is read 1-3, not a case!) to open and share, mingle with other beer patrons, and have a good time. Grab something from your beer cellar or something interesting that you're interested in trying.
There is no cost or cover to attend the event, but we ask as a courtesy to our host venue that you order an appetizer, partake in one of the specials, other food or a beer from the bar. Just a way to say thank you for the use of the space. More info here.
6:00 pm ♦ Oskar Blues Dinner
Wildwood Restaurant & Lounge, 477 S. 3rd St., Geneva, IL (630) 377-8325
Wildwood is partnering with Oskar Blues Brewery of Longmont, Colorado, for a beer dinner.
A four course dinner pairs distinctive Oskar Blues brews (Pinner Throwback IPA, Deviant Dale's American IPA, Old Chub Scotch Ale & Gubna Imperial IPA) with Wildwood's cuisine (Thai Shrimp Salad, Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Pork Tenderloin Au Poivre & Carmelized Apple Cinnamon Flan).
Reception accompanied by Oskar Blues Raspberry Tickler (Raspberry Saison) begins at 6:00 pm and dinner at 6:30 pm.
The cost for this event is $60.00 per person including gratuity and tax.
6:00 pm ♦ Great Lakes Pint Night
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Come on out for yet another exciting “Keep the Pint Night,” featuring Great Lakes Brewing Co. Co. out of Ohio! Purchase any one of the following featured drafts, and receive your very own logo’d Pint Glass to take home with you! (Limit one glass giveaway per person; offer valid while supplies last)
Alberta Clipper; 7%, NEW Seasonal Release!, Winter Porter made with Belgian chocolate and raspberries
Elliot Ness; 6.2%, Amber Lager
Burning River: 6%, Pale Ale with Cascade hops, 45 IBUs
7:00 pm ♦ SweetWater Beer Tasting
Village Inn Pizzeria Sports Bar & Grill, 8050 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, IL (847) 675-3737
Join us as we sample the flavors of SweetWater Brewery! SweetWater has extremely tasty beers that is sure to please any crowd. We’re excited to have them share their beer expertise with us once more!
7:00 pm ♦ Ale Asylum Beer Night at High Noon Saloon
High Noon Saloon, 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-9339
High Noon Saloon hosts Madison, Wisconsin’s Ale Asylum brewery for a tap takeover. The bar offers three limited release draft beers for the event, including Diablo Belga, Velveteen Habit and Pantheon. Demento and Unshadowed, two of the brewery’s year-round beers round-out the draft lineup. Bedlam!, another year-round favorite, is featured in 12-ounce bottles (beers range from $5-$8 each).
Colin Klemz, a Certified Cicerone Server from Ale Asylum will be on-hand for beer education. Food specials such as bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers and a rib-eye steak sandwich with chimichurri sauce augment the regular menu ($6-$13 each). Giveaways include wearables and other Ale Asylum logoed gear. The event begins at 7 p.m. and there is no cover charge to attend; food and drink are pay-as-you-go. High Noon Saloon is open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. on May 28 and the kitchen is open until 11 p.m.
Thursday, May 28
8:00 pm ♦ Lamplighter Inn Keep the Pint Night
Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grill, 60 N Bothwell St., Palatine, IL (847) 991-2420
It's a Keep the Pint Night featuring Revolution A Little Crazy can glasses at Lamplighter Inn! Stop by Lamplighter Inn at 8pm.